Star Parker
Perhaps now, in the wake of the heat that Mitt Romney is taking over the leaked four month old “47 percent” video, he can better appreciate the position of Todd Akin.

Romney is being accused of writing off “47 percent” of voters as not paying taxes and “dependent upon government,” who “believe government has a responsibility to care for them.”

Of course Romney’s words, recorded behind closed doors at a fundraiser, were not, as he admitted, well chosen. No candidate would call half the electorate dead beats.

But when Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin used the unfortunate phrase “legitimate rape” in answering a question about his pro-life stand, the leadership of his own party pulled the rug from under him, despite his immediate clarification and apology.

Akin had a significant lead over his Democrat opponent Claire McCaskill before his own party wrote him off for his bad phrasing.

Now Democrats are having a field day trying to nail Romney for his bad phrasing.

Only thirty percent of Americans, according to a recent Gallup poll, are satisfied with the way things are going in the nation.

Our nation, dangerously, and many fear fatally, is losing its way.

The greatest concern for all at this critical time should be truth. Not word games.

It is fair to say that at this moment Republicans are in a state of disbelief.

How can it be that with things this bad, with Americans this dissatisfied, with a President whose performance has been this dismal, that this presidential race could even be close?

Yet it is.

It appears that, in the true spirit of Groucho Marx, Barack Obama has said “Who are you going to believe – me or your own eyes?” And half the country is choosing him over their own eyes.

Barack Obama has charisma. Mitt Romney doesn’t. And this poses a great challenge to the Republican candidate.

Here is how my dictionary defines charisma: “a special quality of leadership that captures the popular imagination and inspires unswerving allegiance and devotion.”

Is there anything Romney can do? I believe there is. The question is if he is willing.

Charisma in a biblical sense implies divine grace. It is the radiance of an individual who connects to and becomes a vessel for divine truth.

However, there are false prophets. And a false prophet, who truly believes his own personally conjured up vision, can be charismatic.

The only weapon against a false prophet is hard, unvarnished truth.

We have indeed become a government dependent nation. And we have indeed become a nation in which the sanctity of family and the sanctity of life are widely disregarded.

Star Parker

Star Parker is founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a 501c3 think tank which explores and promotes market based public policy to fight poverty, as well as author of the newly revised Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can do About It.